Boise State football announces radio broadcast team, 5-hour pregame show

The radio home for Boise State football games will change in 2010 — a return to KBOI 670 AM — but the announcers will remain the same. Bob Behler will begin his third season as the team's play-by-play announcer and former Bronco Pete Cavender will return for his second year as the color analyst.

In addition, Boise State announced Friday that KBOI will have a 5-hour pregame show. Former Boise State player Jeff Caves and Andrew Paul will handle the first two hours, which will air on KBOI 670 AM. Schneider and Paul will co-host hours three and four, which will air on KBOI and KKGL 96.9 FM "The Eagle" in Boise, and the final hour, which will air across the Bronco Sports Network.

Full disclosure: I have appeared on KBOI's pregame show for the past two seasons.

Here is the full release from Boise State:

Bob Behler and Pete Cavender Bronco Football Broadcast Team

BOISE, Idaho (July 23, 2010) — Bob Behler and Pete Cavender will make up the play-by-play broadcast team that will bring Boise State football games to Bronco fans on the radio in 2010, the university and Bronco Sports Properties announced Friday. The new network pre-game show will also feature Behler and Cavender, and include longtime Boise broadcaster Paul J. Schneider. Jeff Caves and Andrew Paul will also serve as hosts on the local pre-game show on KBOI 670 AM.

"Bob and Pete teamed together last year in the broadcast booth. Its great to have them back this year," Boise State Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier said. "Bob is the ultimate professional, while Pete is one of our former players that can take people into the huddle and help break the game down."

Bob Behler will handle the radio play-by-play duties for Boise State football and mens basketball, while Cavender, an offensive guard at Boise State from 2004-2007, will serve as the color analyst for Bronco football games. Behler will also host weekly football and mens basketball coaches shows during the season, as well as the daily three-minute Bronco radio report that will be heard on all Bronco Sports Network affiliates statewide. He has served as play-by-play Voice of the Broncos each of the past two seasons.

"The last two seasons have been magical and I've enjoyed not only calling the games but getting to know Coach Pete, the players and Bronco Nation," said Behler.

In addition to appearing on Boise States radio broadcasts, Behler will contribute as a sports anchor and reporter for KBOI 670 AM and KTIK 1350 AM The Ticket.

"We are extremely excited to have Bob Behler join our team," Don Morin, Market Manager Citadel Boise said. "He will be a great asset and we look forward to a long relationship with Bronco Sports Properties and Boise State University."

"I'm looking forward to being a part of the Boise State football game day broadcasts again on KBOI," said Paul J. "I have been following the Broncos since they were Division II and Ive watched them grow to national prominence."

Bob Behler came to Boise after serving for nine years as director of broadcast services at UMass, where he won eight Associated Press awards for his play-by-play of Minutemen sports. From 1986-1999, Behler was the voice at Bucknell University (Penn.), and from 1985-1986, he broadcast for the Chattanooga Lookouts AA baseball team. He received his bachelors degree in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia in 1985, where he announced womens basketball and baseball. Behlers past free lance credits include the NCAA Basketball Tournament for CBS Radio and SportsCenter Updates for ESPN Radio. A native of Stockton, Calif., he got his broadcasting start while in high school, doing local sports.

Bronco football broadcasts will include a five-hour pre-game show. The first two hours will air locally on KBOI 670 AM, while hours three and four will air on KBOI and sister station KKGL 96.9 FM "The Eagle" in Boise. The final hour of the pre-game show will air across the Bronco Sports Network.

Former Boise State player and host of Idaho Sports Talk, Jeff Caves, will anchor the first two hours of the pre-game show, along with Andrew Paul of KBOI 670 AM. Caves was a member of the 1980 Bronco national championship team and has previously been involved with Boise State football radio broadcasts. Paul currently serves as the program director for KBOI 670 AM and has hosted Bronco football pre-game broadcasts in each of the last seven years.

Schneider will join Andrew Paul as pre-game co-host beginning with hour number three and continuing through the network pre-game show leading up to kick-off. In addition to Schneider and Andrew Paul, a number of other regular contributors will take part in the pre-game show. A highly decorated veteran broadcaster, Schneider served as play-by-play announcer for Boise State football and basketball games for more than three decades and has been the long-time host of KBOIs weekday morning show.

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It is good to be back on KBOI

I have been an avid listener to the radio broadcasts of Boise State Football and Basketball for over 45 years. I am thrilled to have KBOI back as the flagship station. I welcome Paul J back, even tho he did not really leave for a couple years. I still have the key chain call of the winning call by him and Jeff in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and get the chills. I heard that call live because I could not attend the 2007 game. WELCOME HOME.

Paul J. won't be doing play-by-play?

What a loss! The pre and post game show is a joke! C'mon, if we expect a quality football team, we really do need some professional broadcasters, this Behler guy is a joke! Thank God for ESPN and other national networks! KTVB is even a bigger joke! This local media really adds to the picture of the state of Idaho as hicks! What we don't need is a bunch of over-ego radio announcers giving "their" humble opinion and wannabe ex-bronco payers trying to justify their inability to play pro ball!

ESPN is the worst

ESPN coverage of college football is a joke.
Behler is a good play by play broadcaster. There are better, but Joe Buck and Dick Stockton work for FOXsports.
Paul J will still contribute and enhance the pregame over last year's pregame broadcasters. Yes those that GO to the game listen to the pre and post game. But you wouldn't know.

What the deuce?

5 hours? Thats longer than the darn game. Heck thats longer than ESPN's college game day and that show previews actual games that matter.

Trust me on this one.

3 hours of it will be fans calling in and giving ridiculous score predictions with pseudo game analysis to back it up.

in my best elmer fudd voice ... 5 howers?

oh gwad i kwant twake any mwore!



That was terrible

Just adding an occasion 'w' to every work is quite sad.



Probably these folks...


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It sucks already

The issues most people had over the past 2 seasons is that the play-by-play was garbage. The Behler and Cavender often missed plays, and got confused by who was invloved in the play. Here is an exaggerated example:

"First and ten for Boise State on their 13. That Kellen Moore is a great QB. Did you know his mom was member of the PTA and the city council?"


"Yes, and she met with the mother of Richie Brockel at a church function when they were both pregnant. What are the odds?"


"OK, back to the game, it's now 3rd and 15 from the 45 yd line...."

Serious! They get caught up in stupid trivial matters and neglect the gameplay. THAT is why I can't stand listening to them.

Although I havent been listening for 30+ yrs, the last few years with Paul J never had that problem.

Sanford, you oughta join TMZ : )


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OK, stupid moment here

what's TMZ?

TMZ-The Media Zone, and running on KTRV last I saw.


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TMZ = 30 Mile Zone

The letters TMZ stand for thirty-mile zone referring to the "studio zone" within a thirty-mile radius of the intersection of West Beverly Blvd and N. La Cienega Blvd, and believe it or not, BSU has landed on TMZ a few times

google "TMZ Boise State"

I guess the goofy lawyer guy would know for sure...

I'm not really Karen.


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Great Crew

I love Pete Cavender last year and special appearances with his twin. It's great to have a former Broncos view point and it just makes the plays more real when I can't watch. Way to go Boys!!

Bronco Sports Network?


What do they mean by the Bronco Sports Network? Will these games be broadcast across the state via radio on other stations like last year? It doesn't mention what this means.

It means KBOI and KKGL (96.9 The Eagle) are a NETWORK.

A network is two or more stations coordinated to present a programming schedule (such as Bronco games or Fibber McGee and Molly even).

Qualification approved.


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PS Google it and know.


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Redundant Then

The article says the first two hours will air on KBOI while hours 3 and 4 will air on both KBOI and KKGL and the final hour will air across the Bronco Network. Obviously, if KBOI and KKGL are the only two stations in the Bronco Network then it should have read: the first two hours will air on KBOI while the final 3 hours will air on KBOI and KKGL (or across the Bronco sports network).

P.S.: Google redundant if you don't know what it means. Then Google it again.

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Hey Idiots

Who did you think we were going to get, Vin Scully? Jon Miller? Pat Summerall? Get Real. The fact is Bob Behler is pretty good. ...much better than the TV guys on Ch 7. Paul J has a great gig during the pre-game and will continue to contribute with his knowledge of the program through the years. If it bothers you that much, fork out a few bucks and go to a game or buy season tickets.

You forgot....

Howard Cosell......

They were successful then!


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Behler isn't good.


What makes Behler so bad? His 'trivial' material? I find it interesting when listening. It's all done between plays and is relevant to the action on the field. A good broadcaster has solid info like that. You WAY over-exaggerated it in your previous example as even you acknowledged. Bob Behler is a professional. We are lucky to have him. And to say that you liked PJ better because Behler makes too many mistakes...get real. PJ was CONSISTENTLY getting things wrong. Anyone who listened to him would agree. FAR more often than Behler. Thank God we also got rid of Jeff Caves as the color guy. What a nightmare. Thank you Bob and Pete!

He missed plays

That's the issue. His little comments about nothing often resulted in missed calls. The exaggeration I made was the actual content, but often times the actual gameplay went from 1st and ten to 3rd and 15...20 yards down the field! What happened on 1st? How'd the get 20 yds downfield? What happened on the next 1st and 2nd downs? THAT is my point. They seemed more interested in their trivial comments than actually telling what the he*l was going on during the game. And, THAT is why Behler sucks.


I listened to literally every down on radio last season and I cannot think of ONE instance where they missed three consecutive plays doing anything. They may have missed a play here or there late in a game where it was completely one sided, and they missed it because Pete C would take his sweet time filling in between the plays. Do you happen to remember a specific example? And if so, what game? Right now, I think you are disgruntled former listener who never heard Mr. Behler call a game. Your loss.

"Back once again" -- Paul J. -- a legend ......

in his own mind!

Self-confidence is crucial.


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Feel sorry for the blind and TVless people

but I can see and have a big screen so this doesn't really matter. The 5 hours pregame, whoa that's a long show. Guess half of it will be advertisements. Love my TIVO.



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How will Bronco Nation feel when we don't have Paul J?

The day will come for all of us. Paul J is, and will continue to be a Boise State treasure. Think not? I bet your out numbered friend. If you know Bronco football history, no explanation is necessary.

Tired and confused as crap, about the same as now.


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I think you're confusing "treasure" with "relic"

Paul J is best described as an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
and the only value he brings to Bronco Nation is sentimental value.

You mean like Richard Petty or something. Yogi Berra.

Most treasures ARE relics as well.


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Nope, Petty or Berra are known nationally and perhaps worldwide

Paul J, well .......

A relic is:
•an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
•keepsake: something of sentimental value
•That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; Something old kept for sentimental reasons; A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration
•An artifact or item closely associated with a saint or holy person, or some source of spiritual power

As you can see, Paul J is neither a relic nor a treasure. He's just some guy who was fortunate enough to financially and socially benefit from calling Bronco games and he milked it for what it was worth. If he was a treasure, BSU wouldn't have kicked him to the curb, and sure, the broadcast booth is named after him, but that was out of pity and remorse in the way they ended their relationship with him.

The way I see it...

it doesn't make a difference as the maggots will get all of us in the end.


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maybe so

but it's a good thing crematories don't have maggots!

I've heard some horror stories about some down South...


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